By: Luke Jones, Published on June 7, 2017 07:56 AM, Last Update on June 7, 2017 04:57 AM
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday issued a response to US President Donald Trump pulling his country out of the Paris climate accord. In a statement, Trudeau said Canada will “not back down” from its own climate change commitments.
President Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement last week, fulfilling a promise of his “America First” policy. During a Rose Garden event, the businessman-turned-politician reasoned that the deal had an effect on American jobs.
Trump had made the decision one of his campaign promises, but still following through with the commitment sent shockwaves through the political community. Signed when President Obama was in the Oval Office, the Paris Agreement is an accord between 143 global countries that is a joint effort to limit the global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius.
Canada has been at the centre of events caused by climate change, such as last year’s Fort McMurray wildfire, which became the costliest insurance event in Canadian history.
“The future is still bright for those who have the courage to confront hard truths, and the confidence to stay the course,” Trudeau said after paddling along the Niagara River in celebration of World Environment Day.
“Canada will not back down from its commitment to fight climate change - and we are not alone. Around the world, nearly every country is on our side.”
“Inaction is not an option,” he stressed. “We can’t walk away from the reality of climate change.”